Projects funded

Projects funded

The following language training projects were funded by Innovative Projects Grants.


Working Faster, Working Safer: Language, Essential Skills and Intercultural Communication for CLB 1-2
Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society

This project provides orientation and training for language instructors by piloting the newly developed materials for low level Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) learners. The training will include workplace language, essential skills and intercultural communication in high demand occupations of the service sector.

Post-TESL Professional Development
Bow Valley College

This project provides direct support for English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors in the form of specialized professional development to help increase the skills and abilities of ESL service providers across the province in supporting the successful settlement and integration of newcomers to Alberta. Training topics will include: ESL literacy, English for Work, teaching multi-level classes, addressing the unique needs of refugee learners, and adoption of best practices in Universal Design and Inclusion.

Foundations in Agricultural-based industry – for Refugees and other Migrants (FARM) in Alberta
Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

This program focuses on preparing Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4–5 newcomers with an agriculture background for employment in agricultural-related commercial industries, such as horticulture and landscaping. Participants will be educated in task-based communication, vocabulary and knowledge relevant to agriculture, horticulture and landscaping, and workplace health and safety. Participants will be placed in practicums to gain relevant work experience, in collaboration with industry partners Landscape Alberta and Talent Pool.

Workplace Online Retention Class (WORC)
Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

This project aims to provide a blended online course where participants could improve language proficiency (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) while focusing on intercultural competency, workplace culture, job-specific language, and essential skills. Learners are provided with a viable path to becoming self-sufficient through accessing language support for workplace readiness. Their participation in job-specific language activities will help with job retention and accelerate their ability to reach new opportunities. This project also aims to explore the feasibility of a volunteer-led e-learning programming versus a fully paid instructor in future online learning.

Communicative Workplace English
Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society

This program focuses on supporting newcomers who are either employed in the service industry and are seeking advancement or are unemployed and seeking to attach to employment in the service industry. Participants will receive training to improve language, intercultural and essential skills related to customer service within the restaurant, food and beverage sector.


Bridge to Better On-boarding
Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES)

Design, development and piloting of a course providing language, essential skills and intercultural communication training that supports on-boarding and orientation of front line immigrant employees in food manufacturing. The goal of the project is to accelerate newcomer integration into the workplace and improve employee retention.

Customer Care: Cultivating the Culture of Service
Bow Valley College

Design, development and piloting of a part-time blended course for learners at a CLB 4–6 who are working in hospitality and retail jobs. The goal of the course is to increase digital literacy and workplace communication skills.

Here to Help: Language Skills for Food Service Workers
Bow Valley College

Development of an e-handbook that is targeted for instructors, facilitators, and learners and the development and piloting of a part-time face-to-face course using the e-handbook as the core curriculum. The project aims to support the development of workforce language skills for immigrant and refugees at a CLB 4–6, so they can find and retain work in the food industry sector.

Adult ESL Classroom Online
Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES)

Design, development and piloting of a short, interactive blended-online language for employment course for learners at a CLB 3–4. The course aims to increase learners’ digital literacy, job search and communication skills.

Integration for Refugee Women
Edmonton Northlands

Development and delivery of a communication and job skills workplace training program that builds work readiness for refugee women, and leads to employment in banquet or concession services. This project is a partnership between Northlands and Multi-cultural Health Brokers.

Integrated Language & Workforce Training
NorQuest College

Development and delivery of a workplace-specific language and essential skills training, including workplace experience, for CLB 3–5 learners who have minimal Canadian work experience and are interested in pursuing employment in the near future. Supporting guides for instructors, employers, and learners will also be developed.

Using Trauma-Informed English as Second Language Instruction to Empower Refugees at CLB Levels 3–4
Red Deer College

A two-phased project that includes the development and piloting of a certificate course for language instructors on trauma-informed pedagogy and the subsequent development and piloting of a trauma-informed certificate course for refugees at a CLB 3–4 that provides workplace language training for commercial kitchens, hospitality and customer service environments.

Previously Funded Projects

Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC): Online PD for ESL Instructors
Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL)

Development and piloting of a blended professional development course for ESL professionals to increase their capacity to incorporate ICC into core instructional practice.

Developing Online Community
Bow Valley College

Development of an e-toolkit for ESL instructors and course developers to enhance their capacity to develop and deliver language training and support learners in an online environment. The project will also include the development and delivery of face-to-face and online workshops that support the use of the toolkit.

Identifying the Skills & Addressing the Gaps for Struggling ESL Literacy Learners
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA)

Development of assessment tools designed to identify existing skills and identify and address literacy learning gaps in learners making limited progress. Tools include needs assessment, classroom based/formative assessment, and self-assessment tools. An accompanying user guide and toolkit will also be developed.

Online Literacy Support Module
Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)

Design, development and piloting of a self-accessed online learning module for ESL literacy instructors. The module aims to develop the knowledge and ability of instructors to integrate the recently released CLB literacy standards document, ESL for ALL (Adult Literacy Learners) into their teaching.

Identifying ESL Mobile Vocabulary Learning Strategies
MacEwan University

A research project that explores vocabulary learning strategies using mobile devices. The project consists of a literature review followed by classroom instruction and support for students’ use of mobile devices to support their vocabulary learning strategies. A final report will provide findings and recommendations for teaching mobile vocabulary learning strategies.

Preparation for Online Learning
NorQuest College

Design, development and piloting of a short, interactive online course that increases ESL learners’ digital literacy, online learning skills, and vocabulary to prepare them for further online learning.

Immigrants to the Trades: LTPA (Language Training Program for Apprentices)
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

A collaboration between SAIT, NAIT and Keyano College, to develop a common curriculum framework, and subsequent development and delivery of 3 blended courses for trade-specific, workplace communication in 3 separate trades (electrician, auto mechanics and plumbing). The goal of the project is to improve first-year completion rates for at-risk apprentices.

Modified: 2018-06-20
PID: 15627

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